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5:15 PM ET, April 26, 2007

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Adobe opensources Flex (Exclusive Videos with Adobe)  —  This morning I met with several members of the Adobe Flex team.  —  Official News on Adobe's Site about Flex going Open Source.  —  I have two videos of our conversation:  —  1. Video of our conversation this morning.
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Adobe to open-source Flash tool Flex
Brendan / Brendan's Roadmap Updates:
Open Source and "Openness"
Discussion: Peer Pressure and Compiler
New York Times:
In Comments About Apple Chief, Questions of Motive  —  When Fred D. Anderson abruptly left Apple's board last October as questions about the company's stock options practices grew, a former federal regulator said it looked as if the board "threw Fred under the bus."
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Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Steve Jobs, saved by the rising stock  —  Thursday will mark a red-letter day for Apple: For the first time its stock will rise above $100 a share, a tenfold increase in a little more than three years.  Think about that: If Google had risen that much since its IPO, it would be trading at $850.
Kotaku:
Ken Kutaragi Steps Down at Playstation  —  0 Views  —  The "Father of Playstation" is retiring today from his position at Playstation, but will still serve as Honorary Chairman of SCEI.  After completing the launch of PS3, Kutaragi has decided to pursue his dreams outside of the Playstation family:
Discussion: Gizmodo, Neowin.net and Blue's News
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Sony announces PlayStation Eye webcam for PS3  —  Well it may not be the high-definition EyeToy HD IP webcam that gamers had been hoping for, but Sony has finally announced the (first?) official EyeToy for PS3, called simply the PlayStation Eye.  (We're calling it the Don King webcam.)
Discussion: digg
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Windows Server: It's still 'Longhorn' for now  —  Microsoft released the first public test version (Beta 3) of the next Windows Server last night and reiterated that it plans to release a final version of the operating system in the second half of this year.  (See this story for more.)
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:   Microsoft's 'Big Bang' Is When?
Charles / Channel 9:
Windows "Longhorn" Server Beta 3 Ships!!!
John Markoff / New York Times:
Sun and I.B.M. to Offer New Class of High-End Servers  —  Sun Microsystems and I.B.M. plan to introduce specialized high-end server systems on Thursday that provide fresh evidence of a new era in computing.  —  The Sun machine — an ultra-fast video server designed by the company's co-founder …
Discussion: Rough Type and David Schatsky
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John Markoff / International Herald Tribune:
High-end servers point to new era in computing
Discussion: 3pointD.com and Raph's Website
CEO / This is going to be BIG.:
Top Ten Reasons Why Web 2.0 Sucks  — The finger pointing culture of fear will always dominate a culture of openness.  Media thrives on taking people down and creating a general fear of the worst possible outcome.  Whether it's trying enact anti-MySpace laws or firing everyone …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
MPAA: We are committed to fair use, interoperability, and DRM  —  At a LexisNexis conference on DRM this week, MPAA boss Dan Glickman said the movie studios were now fully committed to interoperable DRM, and they recognize that consumers should be able to use legitimate video material on any item in the house, including home networks.
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Joost Signs Major Advertisers  —  Online video platform Joost has signed three-month contracts with a group of 31 big brand advertisers, including Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Nike, General Motors and Visa.  It will offer these marketers traditional units such as :30 mid-roll spots as well as unique formats …
Stace / Unwired View:
LG KE850 PRADA WAS JUST A BEGINNING  —  LG surprised everyone when it announced, then started shipping worlds first full touchscreen LG PRADA KE850 phone.  And did it well before overhyped Apple iPhone became available.  —  Now, a few recent LG patent filings indicate that LG Prada …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget, Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
Froosh / HipMojo.com:
EconSM - Main Session 1: The Social Media CEOs Speak Up  —  Five men sat on the panel, not all five compete with one another, but hearing what they were saying, you had to ask: someone's going to end up losing to the others.  —  The five men included:  — Barak Berkowitz, CEO Six Apart
Duncan Martell / Reuters:
INTERVIEW - Jobs says Apple customers not into renting music  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs indicated on Wednesday he is unlikely to give in to calls from the music industry to add a subscription-based model to Apple's wildly popular iTunes online music store.
Discussion: Apple 2.0, MacUser and Podcasting News
Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:
A Vertical Web 2.0 Success Story: TheStreet.com Acquires Stockpickr  —  Since becoming a blogger, running a vertical Web 2.0 company and making investments in the digital media space, I have come to learn a decent amount about the intersection of technology, domain expertise and social networking.
Michael Geist / Michael Geist's Blog:
World Intellectual Property Day  —  Today is World Intellectual Property Day which means that rather than focusing on creativity or on policies that meet the needs of creators and users, we get a private function for MPs and Senators on Parliament Hill sponsored by Senator Joseph Day …
Seeking Alpha:
Apple F2Q07 (Qtr End 3/31/07) Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Nancy Paxton - Senior Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Finance  —  Peter Oppenheimer - Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President  —  Analysts  —  Presentation  —  Operator
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mozy Goes Mac - First Really Useful Mac Hard Drive Backup Solution  —  Mozy is in the news again after announcing a huge enterprise deal with General Electric last week.  Today they've pushed a Mac version of their desktop backup solution for consumers.  I've been using it for a week, and it's extremely good.
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Saving Links Through IM with Meshly  —  Meshly is not really like Twitter; it is not really like del.icio.us; and it is not really like digg.  But comparisons to all three are fair when trying to figure out just what exactly Meshly actually is.  Like Twitter, Meshly is an instant blogging application …
 
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Repeating The Claim That DRM Enables Things Won't Make It True
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Exec: Music labels "about to cave in the next six months" on DRM
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The obsolete interview  —  The interview is outmoded and needs to be rethought.
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Marvel Ultimate Alliance: Trailer and in game content
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